Haynes v. Florida State Prison

Filing 6

ORDER dismissing case, with directions to the Clerk. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Corrigan on 4/5/2006. (DLD)

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Haynes v. Florida State Prison Doc. 6 Case 3:06-cv-00310-TJC-TEM Document 6 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 1 of 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA JACKSONVILLE DIVISION MICHAEL HAYNES, Plaintiff, vs. FLORIDA STATE PRISON, Defendant. Case No. 3:06-cv-310-J-32TEM ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE1 Plaintiff, an inmate incarcerated at Florida State Prison who is proceeding pro se, initiated this case by filing an untitled pleading (Doc. #1) (hereinafter Complaint). Although his allegations are somewhat unclear, it appears that Plaintiff is contending that on March 24, 2006, he completed summons forms for a case that is pending in state court. However, the officials at his institution refused to notarize these forms, did not permit him to use a stapler and refused to mail the completed forms. Plaintiff requests this Court "to enter an order directing Florida State Prison to provide [him] proper legal assistance under case no. 04-09CF and to stop them from interfering with improper legal assistance." Complaint at 1. He also asks the Court "to send Under the E-Government Act of 2002, this is a written opinion and therefore is available electronically. However, it has been entered only to decide the motion or matter addressed herein and is not intended for official publication or to serve as precedent. 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:06-cv-00310-TJC-TEM Document 6 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 2 of 4 notary and authorized of signature [sic] and mailing to [his] location[.]" Id. On April 26, 1996, the President signed into law the Prison Litigation Reform Act which amended The Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. 1997e to read as follows: (a) Applicability of Administrative Remedies. No action shall be brought with respect to prison conditions under section 1979 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1983), or any other Federal law, by a prisoner confined in any jail, prison, or other correctional facility until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted. 42 U.S.C. 1997e(a). "[T]he exhaustion requirement cannot be waived based upon the prisoner's belief that pursuing administrative procedures would be futile." Higginbottom v. Carter, 223 F.3d 1259, 1261 (11th Cir. 2000) (per curiam) (citing Alexander v. Hawk, 159 F.3d 1321, 1323 (11th Cir. 1998)). "Congress now has mandated exhaustion in section 1997e(a) and there is no longer discretion to waive the exhaustion requirement." Alexander, 159 F.3d at 1325; see also Booth v. Churner, 532 U.S. 731, 741 (2001) (finding that Congress has mandated exhaustion of administrative remedies, regardless of the relief offered through the administrative procedures). Thus, a district court must dismiss the suit when it finds that the plaintiff inmate has not exhausted his administrative remedies. Chandler v. Crosby, 379 F.3d 1278, 1286 (11th Cir. 2004) (citation omitted). 2 Case 3:06-cv-00310-TJC-TEM Document 6 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 3 of 4 The Florida Department of Corrections provides a three-step grievance procedure. grievance. First, an inmate must file an informal See Chapter 33-103.005 of the Florida Administrative If the issue is not resolved, the Code (hereinafter F.A.C.). inmate must then file a formal grievance at the institutional level. See Chapter 33-103.006, F.A.C. If the matter is not resolved at the institutional level, the inmate must file an appeal to the Office of the Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. See Chapter 33-103.007, F.A.C. Here, Plaintiff's allegations pertain to events that allegedly occurred on March 24, 2006. The record reflects that he handed his Complaint to prison authorities for mailing to this Court on March 28, 2006. Thus, it is clear that Plaintiff did not have sufficient time to complete the three-step grievance procedure with respect to his claims before he initiated this action. Plaintiff's case should not have been filed without first exhausting his available administrative remedies. dismissed without prejudice. Therefore, it is now ORDERED AND ADJUDGED: 1. 2. This case is hereby DISMISSED without prejudice. The Clerk of the Court shall enter judgment dismissing For this reason, his case will be this case without prejudice. 3. The Clerk of Court shall send a "Civil Rights Complaint Form," an "Affidavit of Indigency" form, and a "Prisoner Consent Form and Financial Certificate" to Plaintiff. 3 If Plaintiff elects Case 3:06-cv-00310-TJC-TEM Document 6 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 4 of 4 to refile his claims in a separate action after he has fully exhausted his administrative remedies, he may complete and submit these forms. forms. Plaintiff should not place this case number on the The Clerk will assign a separate case number if Plaintiff In refiling, Plaintiff shall either Consent Form and Financial elects to refile his claims. file a fully completed "Prisoner Certificate" and "Affidavit of Indigency" (if Plaintiff desires to proceed as a pauper) or pay the $250.00 filing fee (if Plaintiff does not desire to proceed as a pauper). 4. The Clerk of the Court shall close this case DONE AND ORDERED at Jacksonville, Florida, this 5th day of April, 2006. ps 4/5 c: Michael Haynes 4

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